On Thursday, January 19th, Senator Robach was a guest on the New York State Senate television program, News and Views. During the show, Senator Robach discussed Governor Cuomo's 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal and funding for education in New York.
As the New York State Senate wrapped up their first week of session in 2012, Senator Robach was a guest on Legislative Update. During his appearance, Senator Robach discussed Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Address and the direction of the New York State Senate for 2012.
On Tuesday, October 25, Senator Robach was a guest on Legislative Report. Senator Robach discussed job creation and growth around the Rochester, and provided details on his upcoming Job Fair, which will be held in December.
Senator Robach was a guest on Legislative Update on Wednesday, September 7th. During the broadcast, Senator Robach discussed job development and previewed the upcoming Greentopia Festival in Rochester.
On Friday, Senator Robach made remarks regarding the 2011 Legislative Session. Topics included the passage of an on time budget, a Property Tax Cap, the City of Rochester School District MOE legislation, and getting the state back on the right track.
On Wednesday, June 22nd, the New York State Senate passed legislation designating the National Remembrance Flag, created by Stephen and Joanne Galvin of Wolcott, New York, as the official New York State flag for September 11th remembrance. Senator Robach provided remarks on the Senate floor regarding this new legislation.
On Tuesday, June 14th, the New York State Senate passed the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011. Senator Robach make remarks on the floor when the act came to a vote. The details of this legislation are below.
SENATE PASSES PUBLIC INTEGRITY REFORM ACT OF 2011
The New York State Senate today passed major ethics reform legislation, entitled the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011. The measure, which is sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, represents a three-way agreement with the Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo, and is a significant step toward restoring the public’s trust in government.
On Tuesday, June 14th, Ken Moore was inducted to the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame. Senator Robach had the privilege to nominate Ken for this honor. Here is a short bio on Ken. Congratulations to Ken and all of this year's inductees!Ken Moore United States Army, Combat Infantry, VietnamUnited States Army, Sergeant First ClassVietnam Veterans of America Chapter 20, President Ken Moore has spent his life dedicated to protecting and honoring our military personnel.
On Tuesday, the New York State Senate passed a constitutional amendment that would give New Yorkers a more direct role in the legislative process by empowering them to enact and amend laws through initiative and referendum. The bill (S.709), sponsored by Senator Joseph Robach (R-C-I, Rochester), increases the ability of New Yorkers to place an issue on a ballot for a public vote.
“This proposal to establish a process of initiative and referendum in New York State is simply good government,” Senator Robach said. “It is the type of reform that my Senate colleagues and I have consistently fought for and will continue to support so that voters statewide can be given a more direct and effective voice with which to further New York’s democratic process.”
On Tuesday, May 24th, Senator Joe Robach honored Monroe Community College president, Dr. Anne M. Kress as a 2011 Woman of Distinction. A ceremony will take place in Albany.
“During her time at Monroe Community College, Dr. Kress has made a remarkable impact on MCC’s students, faculty, staff, and the entire Rochester community,” said Senator Robach. “The ‘Women of Distinction’ program provides a special opportunity to honor successful women, such as Dr. Kress, for their achievements and to thank them for the pride they bring to the community.”
On Tuesday, May 17th, the New York State passed Brittany's Law (S.3645B), a bill that would establish a statewide violent felony offender registry by requiring offenders to register with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services upon release from prison. The law is intended to increase the safety of all New Yorkers by providing access to the list of convicted violent offenders.
On Thursday, May 4th, Senator Robach was a guest on Legislative Update. Among the topics discussed were a preview of what's coming up for the rest of the 2011 legislative session, new legislation enacted regarding text messaging while drive, and a proposed gas tax holiday.
Senator Robach provides remarks on Senate Bill S4880A, which he is a co-sponsor of. This legislation would provide for the suspension of taxes on gasoline and similar motor fuels for Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July weekend and Labor Day weekend.
On Tuesday, May 3rd, Senator Robach provided comments during a press conference in Albany regarding new legislation to strengthen the law on texting while driving. Senator Robach is a co-sponsor of Senate bill S.998B, which would elevate text messaging while drive driving a primary offense in New York State.